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Charlene is off to college!

Janet Mitchell


blog-0158931001438882688.jpgIt's hard to believe, but in three weeks, Charlene is leaving for college. She's feeling very well. She has Remicade treatments once every eight weeks, which, fingers crossed, seems to be keeping her Crohn's disease at bay. She's going to study nursing and she'll have the time of her life at the University of Vermont, in Burlington, VT. I'll miss her terribly but what a long, long way she has come since her initial diagnosis in 2008, when she was just 11 years old and almost finished with 5th grade.

Charlene has achieved more than most kids her age, despite having an ostomy, and active/aggressive Crohn's disease. She just graduated from Kingston High School, in Kingston, NY, 15th in her class of 420 kids! She has played the trumpet for 10 years and this year was selected to perform in the NYSSMA band in Rochester in December. She had a perfect score on her All-state level solo in the spring last year! She was a drum major in the marching band for two years...which was both physically demanding and required leadership skills which she developed along the way. To say that I'm proud of her would be an understatement. I'm THRILLED for her. Despite everything...despite her three surgeries, and endless numbers of days in the hospital, and visitng doctors and wound care nurses, etc. she has absolutely risen above it all.

So off she goes! Thank you for all of your support, everyone!


Hi Janet. 


That is such wonderful news. Your blog's name is perfect as this certainly has been a journey for Charlene. She's grown into a beautiful young woman with the rest of her life ahead of her and you must be so very, very proud. I know I would be, and to be honest even though we've never met the fact that I've followed her journey through your blog postings and PMs over the years then I cant help but be proud for her too. So please give Charlene my very best wishes and heartiest congratulations. 15th in her class is just an amazing achievement what with all she's had going on. 


Way to go Charlene! Love and hugs to you both, and as always thanks for sharing Charlene's journey with us. :) 

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